This month the Swallowtail WI had a meeting about personal safety, it seemed like perfect timing with everything that has happened in the world recently. Police Community Support Officer Steven Downs came to talk to us about ways to protect ourselves. He is part of the local policing team for Sprowston and he shared ideas on ways to stay safe, not just when we’re out and about but also when we’re at home.
A lot of the suggestions were simple common sense, like always locking your front door when you get home and not leaving your handbag on the floor by the door. For anyone worried about unexplained noises at night he said to take your mobile phone to bed with you and call the police if you’re worried that someone has broken in.
The members shared their experiences and we discussed everything from cyclists on footpaths to precautions when using the internet. The main advice was to be aware at all times.
I had just come back from a weekend in London and after all the news reports I was very aware of everyone around me. I was nervous at first but the thing I became most aware of was the kindness of strangers. I have ME and use a wheelchair to get about and people couldn’t have been kinder. From the taxi drivers, to the hotel and restaurant staff and the ushers at the theatre, they all went out of their way to help.
I was worried before I travelled how the tragedies would have affected London, but the sense of community and strength I associate with Britain was out in force. It reminded me that there are lots of amazing people and it gave me hope that there is more good in the world than bad. You just have to be aware and you’ll see it all around you.
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